Bell: Patriots find a new way to pour it on Colts

January 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

4FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Another week, another deep hole.

But this time, there would be no miracle comeback for the Indianapolis Colts.

Just too much Tom Brady. And way too much LeGarrette Blount.

The New England Patriots built an early cushion, then commenced to steamroll the Colts at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night 43-22 to advance to a third consecutive AFC title game.

Blount tied a franchise playoff record with 166 rushing yards and set a postseason mark with four touchdowns – three on short blasts, then a 73-yard gallop in the fourth quarter – as part of a demonstration suggesting the Patriots have found a new formula to make up for all that has been lost in the passing game.

Brady, who extended his NFL record with an 18th career postseason win, didn’t throw a touchdown pass.

He didn’t have to.

New England scored a franchise-record six rushing TDs – more than the team has produced in any game, regular season or postseason.

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